Hitters stay hot, but bullpen falters in Padres 5-3 loss

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Petco Park- San Diego, California

The San Diego Padres were unable to complete the sweep over the St. Louis Cardinals on June 30, losing 5-3. The Cardinals rallied to tie the game late, and a home run in the 11th inning sealed the Friars’ fate.

You can’t spell the word “hot” without the letters “h” and “o,” which, coincidentally, are the first two letters in Eric Hosmer‘s last name.

Hosmer finished the month of June hitting .314/.377/.409. He ended the month with a three-hit game against the St. Louis Cardinals, going 3-for-5 with three singles and an RBI.

Hosmer was not the only player to stay hot to end the month. Manny Machado hit his third home run in two days, giving him 20 so far on the season. He joins Franmil Reyes and Hunter Renfroe as Padres to reach the 20-home run mark ahead of the All-Star Game.

Machado’s home run came in the bottom of the first inning. With Hosmer at first, Machado turned on a pitch, and the ball landed in the seats beyond the wall in left-center. The pitch was tattooed, with the exit velocity being 110 mph. Entering this game, Machado was hitting .355/.412/.903 over his last seven games.

Hosmer’s RBI came in the bottom of the fifth inning. However, it was what Fernando Tatis, Jr. did to score that left spectators standing with eyes wide open and jaws dropped. Tatis was at first when Hosmer hit a line drive to center. Tatis sprinted past second and headed for third, but he didn’t stop. Cardinals center fielder Harrison Bader saw Tatis flying home and threw to the plate. The throw was not in time.

Just one week after Tatis scored on a pop fly hit to second base against the Pittsburgh Pirates, he scored from first on a single. Around the same time Tatis scored, the rosters for the 2019 MLB All-Star Game was released. His name was not on the National League roster.

The Cardinals cut into San Diego’s lead in the top of the sixth. With the bases loaded and one out, Yairo Munoz hit a single to center that drove home two runs. The score was 3-2.

Tyler O’Neil tied the game for St. Louis in the top of the eighth inning. He hit a line drive to right field that allowed Paul Goldschmidt to score. The score was 3-3. The Padres had the bases loaded with one out in the bottom half of the inning, but Manuel Margot hit into a double play to end the threat. At first, he was called safe on the relay throw to first, but a review showed he was, in fact, out.

The death blow came in the top of the 11th inning. Matt Wieters was at the plate with two outs and a runner on, facing Brad Wieck. Wieters was hitless in his last 17 at-bats against left-handed pitchers. He turned on a pitch and planted it in the third deck of the Western Metal Supply Co. building in left to put the Cardinals ahead 5-3. That was the final score.

The Padres, who enter July with a winning record for the first time since 2010, will look to get back on track when they host the San Francisco Giants for a three-game series. The Giants will send Jeff Samardzija to the mound. Logan Allen will take the bump for San Diego. The game will begin at 7:10 p.m. PDT.

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2 thoughts on “Hitters stay hot, but bullpen falters in Padres 5-3 loss

  1. I question some of the manager’s decisions on today’s loss such as with the hard throwing Perdomo pitching why did Green move Tatis over (the shift). A five hopper went into the outfield right where Tatis normally would have been standing. Again, why was the outfield positioned so deep when the Cards hit the lazy popup to center that Margot could not get to. I feel sorry for Luchessi because he deserved better. When Lamet comes back, who will be leaving? Hopefully Wieck. He can’t catch a break. He should have been out of the inning but an error and then home run bit him again,

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